When the White House announced their “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, a program which united nonprofit organizations, businesses, state and local leadership and the religious community to help Black and other boys of color, many of us applauded.
…But we also wondered if such a program would be implemented to help Black girls and women.
Thankfully, the White House took heed to those concerns and launched a similar initiative for women and girls of color.
According to the Washington Post, the White House Council on Women and Girls hosted a forum to determine ways they could improve the lives of this population, starting with a commitment of $118 million is assistance from public and private organizations.
The five year initiative will use the allocation to help lift these women and girls out of poverty.
During the forum, panelists spoke about a report called “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color.” In it, several problematic areas are highlighted, including education, criminal justice, health and economic conditions. The report, in the education portion, sought to find ways to reduce the number of school suspensions for girls of color. It also highlighted their push to encourage more young women to pursue STEM specialities.
The Ms. Foundation and Prosperity Together, a collection of 20 different women’s organizations, pledged to contribute $100 million over five years to develop programs to lift these women and girls out of poverty. The money could be used to provide job training, encourage entrepreneurship, or pay for child care so mothers can work during the day.
The remaining amount was pledged by the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research. This organization will study and collect data to identify the struggles and challenges faced by women and girls of color and strategize solutions to these challenges.